Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jessa Russo's DIVIDE

DIVIDE IS LIVE! DIVIDE IS LIVE!



Today we're celebrating the release of DIVIDE--Jessa Russo's upper young adult fantasy fairytale redux of Beauty and the Beast (what a mouthful!)! 

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Author visits, surprises, and giveaways you don't want to miss!
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From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.

After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.

As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson. 

Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish. 

Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her.

Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal - WHITE HELLEBORE (NA superhero romance by @NicoleZoltack)

I've been so pleased with the reaction from readers concerning BLACK HELLEBORE> A recent review on amazon has a reader hailing it the best paranormal they read in a year. :D

Now, it's time for the cover reveal of it's sequel, WHITE HELLEBORE. Love this story. All of your favorite characters are back with new ones and new baddies. Yes, baddies. As in two. :D No one can dare claim I coddle my characters!

All right, all right, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. I know you're dying to see it!


Told you it was awesome! I'm not biased at all. Nope. Not even a little bit.

BLURB: After destroying Skull Krusher, Nicholas Adams thinks Falledge is safe and becomes a security guard at the museum, watching a valuable statue. Unfortunately, the Egyptian statue houses the soul of a scorned witch, biding her time to have her revenge on the descendants of her cheating lover.

Kiya the witch isn't the only new foe in town as the drug that created Skull Krusher has now transformed a scientist into yet another monster, forcing Nicholas to don his Black Hellebore mask again and save Falledge.

Nicholas has no help this time as Kiya gains possession of his love Julianna's body and brings the soul of Justina, Nicholas's high school sweetheart and Julianna's twin, with her. Despite himself, Nicholas is torn between the sisters. If he can't stop the fiends from taking over the world and destroying humankind, he'd never be able to find lasting, true love.
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So I'm sure you're dying to know the release date and luckily it's not that far away! WHITE HELLEBORE releases April 21st! Be sure to grab it on the 21st! :D

And I'd love for you to spread the word about WHITE HELLEBORE's cover! :D :D :D

Friday, March 28, 2014

Full Cover Reveal - Jessa Russo's DIVIDE

You got to see the first puzzle piece of DIVIDE on my blog last week but now you can see the beauty of the full cover of DIVIDE. I adore this cover, don't you? Love it, Jessa!


Blurb:
From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.
After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.

As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson. 
Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish. 
Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her. 
Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stephanie Wardrop, Author of Prom and Prejudice drops by with an Awesome Recipe and a Giveaway!

Faithful blog readers, I'm turning the blog over to a good friend of mine, Stephanie Wardrop, author of Prom and Prejudice.

Thanks, Nicole, for letting me visit the blog. Georgia , the main character of the Snark and Circumstance series – a contemporary YA update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – is a vegan baker. In fact, in the final installment, Prom and Prejudice, she ends up selling some of her wares to help the drama club. I’ll let her tell you about herself and her baking:

Hey, blog readers. I’m going to share with you an amazingly good recipe that will not seem amazingly good to you at first. When I made it for my (boy)friend Michael, I purposely did not tell him that there is a secret ingredient. He thinks vegan food is weird enough, and if I’d told him that there was cauliflower in this chocolate cake, he would have run right out to the nearest farm and bitten a chicken. But he had and he loved it – and so has everyone else who has eaten this.

I got the recipe from one of my favorite blogs and recipe sources, CHOCOLATE COVERED KATIE. She’s also on Facebook and Pinterest and makes these really healthy really chocolate-y desserts that will freakin’ change your life.

So if you are willing to try something that seems a little odd – and be rewarded with moist delicious chocolate awesomeness, here’s the recipe.  And if you want to win a copy of the book I’m in, leave a comment about the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten but actually liked and Nicole will pick a winner. (Note: Prom and Prejudice is the last installment in a series of  e-novellas, so you may want to read the first three first J)).

Chocolate Covered Katie’s Vegan Chocolate Cake with a Secret Ingredient:
§  3/4 cup flour
§  1/2 tsp baking soda
§  1/2 tsp salt
§  1 tsp baking powder
§  1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (20g)
§  2 tsp ener-g powder, or 2 tbsp ground flax. You can omit; the cake just won’t rise as much.
§  1/3 cup xylitol or sugar (64g)
§  1/8 tsp uncut stevia or 4 nunaturals packets (or 1/4 cup more sugar)
§  1/2 to 1 cup mini chocolate chips (60-120g) (Do not omit. The recipe just won’t be the same if you do.)
§  1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
§  2  loosely-packed cups frozen cauliflower, thawed completely but not cooked (250g) (Or omit and sub 1 cup canned pumpkin, if cauliflower is too weird for you. I might even like the pumpkin version better!)
§  1/2 cup milk of choice (soy, rice, almond) For pumpkin version, use just 1/3 cup milk (or 1/2 cup if omitting oil).
§  3 tbsp oil (or omit and increase milk to scant 2/3 cup, for a lower-fat option)

Preheat oven to 350F. Oil an 8×8 square baking dish. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix well. (I like to sift all of mine). In a food processor, combine all liquid ingredients and the cauliflower blend until super-smooth. (Lumps are going to tip off people that there is something weird in this recipe, so make it smooth). Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined, then pour into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes.

Her website has an easy and soooo good chocolate peanut butter frosting recipe that is perfect for this cake.  Give it a try!

Tell Nicole below about something weird that you and liked. You could win yourself a snarky little YA romance! Or just buy it and the three enovellas that lead up to it right here on Amazon or here at B&N.


Georgia Barrett is beginning to realize that her arch-preppie lab partner, Michael Endicott, is not at all the snob-hole she once thought. Too bad Georgia doesn’t see him for who he really is until he starts dating a poised and polished senior.

Georgia knows she should settle for his friendship, especially since telling him how she really feels would mean risking losing him altogether. But her heart tells her a chance at love might just be worth dropping her trusty shield of snark. And Georgia’s determined to find out.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Awesome Ali Cross Talks about Renaissance Faires


More Than Just FUN ~ It's RESEARCH!

I've loved Nicole from the moment I saw her profile pic ~ dressed in Renaissance garb. I thought, She's a soul mate! For my birthday a couple years ago, my husband surprised me with a custom-made costume that I could wear to our local faires ~ and I do!

My family and I literally plan our holidays around the local faires and festivals. We go to three different Scottish festivals (which are basically Renaissance Faires with kilts and pipes!) Then we go to a couple Medieval/Reconnaissance fairest, too. We love them! The highlights are the jousting, the "fight the giant" (Nerf-sword fighting knight-style) and of course, the pipes and drums.

You would think I wrote high fantasy with all that Lord and Lady stuff. You'd swear in a court of law it was true if you read my list of all-time-favorite books (hint: all high fantasy!). But . . . I don't write in that genre. And I have no idea why.

But while I don't write the genre, it does influence everything story I tell.

I write tales steeped in family history, in culture, in belonging. I write traditional ideals ~ men and women can still be knights and ladies if they're on a space ship!

The wonderful thing about faires and festivals, or ComicCon (which I also love! Ha!) or Robot Wars or whatever other-worldly activities you enjoy, is that it all feeds your creative self. Ride a horse and pretend you're flying a Pegasus. Heck, ride your bike and imagine it's a dragon! Dance like it's May-Day. Anything. Everything!

Immerse yourself in fantasy ~ in whatever form it takes for you ~ and let it feed your creative self. The joy and freedom you feel will allow your fantasy to take flight and inspire greatness in your stories.

Thanks for letting me hang out in your fair village today, Nicole, AND for being a friendly, genteel face in the blogosphere!

Nicole here: No, thank YOU, Ali! And we're definitely soul mates. ;)

About BLOOD CROWN: Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them. 

But it wasn't always so.

Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorum was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space.

But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead. 

Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight.

When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence.

Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind.

Release date: February 28, 2014

Buy links: Amazon


About Ali Cross:
Ali Cross is the sensei of Novel Ninjutsu where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles.

Ali is the award-winning author of young and new adult fiction and moonlights as Alex Cross when she can write wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.


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